YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – Over the last
couple of days, U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement officers have been
going door to door to put registered sex offenders on notice.
It is lights off for them on
Halloween night, so kids don't show up at their doorsteps.
Officers visited more than 200
convicted sex offenders to warn them of Halloween restrictions.
"The main goal is to make sure that
the sex offenders are in compliance with their regulations and also to make
sure that the public is safe," said a U.S. Marshal.
Sex offender laws prohibit convicted
sex predators from taking part in Halloween festivities.
13 On Your Side went with law
enforcement officers as they confronted some of them to verify their current
information to match their identification and address.
The sex offender at one house
refused to open his doors when he saw cameras.
After a while, he slid his ID
underneath the door.
Agents were finally able to verify
his information in the backyard—away from cameras.
Once they completed their
investigation, we moved on to the next house where another sex offender lives.
The goal of this sex predator
verification operation is to also let offenders know they are being watched.
They are not allowed to put up Halloween decorations, answer their door to trick-or-treaters,
or handout candy.
is a holiday that everyone really enjoys and we want to make sure people can
take their kids out and have a safe holiday," said a US Marshal.
enforcement officers are reminding parents to let their kids know if the lights
are off—that may be a sign for kids to simply stay away.
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